HBO host Bill Maher makes a habit of ridiculing conservatives, but there’s one man who apparently makes him “want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter” in rebellion — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Appearing as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night, the host asked what Maher thought of the mayor’s efforts to protect New York City residents from “carbonated beverages and the like.” (For those who don’t follow current events, the mayor has attempted to regulate salt, tobacco products, trans-fats, soda, firearms, breast milk, prescription medication, earbud headphones, and more during his tenure).
“Oh, ugh,” Maher responded, wrinkling his nose in disdain. “I don’t like it. You know, I think it gives liberals a bad name,” he said. “It makes liberals look like bullies who want to tell people what to do. They never met a regulation they didn’t like.”
I mean, obviously we do have a problem with child obesity. I don’t want our children to be 99% Mountain Dew, but this is not the way to go about it. First of all, we all do something that hurts our health, you know? We all eat stuff we shouldn’t. Probably the optimal food for primates is bread, fruit, lawn clippings and rain. But at a certain point that gets old. And we just don’t want — I mean, we don’t want to be a nanny state like this…
There’s something wrong about the seventh richest man in the world sitting in bed at night thinking: “You know what people shouldn’t do? Drink too much Sprite. Let’s make that a law.” That makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter, you know, and that’s not where I want to be. [Emphasis added]